Genealogy: “A Mobile Career” – Part 2
[Editor’s Note: Professional genealogist Angie Rodesky is owner of ARodesky Genealogy.]
The date is set for the moving company to come and start packing up all of the household goods. I’ve collected all of the records; school, medical, dental and veterinary plus scheduled the appointments to hand over all of the records once I arrive. Now is the perfect time to set back, take a few deep breaths and relax knowing that I have the family moving list checked.
Now to turn my attention back to my business and see what I can complete before we arrive at our new home. The more you have completed by having everything in the right place before you arrive at your new home will help to make your business relocation much easier. Trust me when I tell you a “to-do-list” comes in handy.
Earlier I covered the notification process with my clients about my pending move, obtaining a new mailing address so none of the mail will get lost. This is the perfect time now to do some research on the “genealogy” market you will be moving to. I understand that you aren’t there yet but don’t let that stop you, there are ways to research the communities interest of genealogy without actually being there.
I found that google was my best friend, again, with this move. This shouldn’t be much of a shock, we use google or other search engines to locate movies, business addresses and even homes for sale why not use it to search genealogy events in our new location.
Look for upcoming genealogy classes or presentations, you might try and look at the local libraries or even on the events page posted in the local newspapers. We all know that locating the state archives is a plus but don’t forget about your county archives. What about the local historical societies, they are sometimes overlooked but I have found they hold a wealth of untapped information.
Basically think about how you have advertised your business and how your clients searched to find you. Apply that to you the research you’re doing on your pending new business location.
Don’t be afraid to contact some genealogy clubs or groups and share your interest in genealogy and that you will be moving to the area in the near future. In case I didn’t mention it before don’t forget to look outside of the town and county you will be residing in.
Some additional things you might want to pay close attention to while doing this research, look at where other genealogist focus their research. What are the average fees genealogist are charging in this new location. You might find that you will have to adjust your current fees and maybe you have a niche that isn’t focused on in that area.
Remember that while you’re doing this researching you might want to think about pulling out your current business plan. I found that making some notations on that current plan about the upcoming changes was useful; I viewed it as another “to-do-list”. On you current plan you might be comfortable with your fees but you may notice that some adjustments might need to be made. It shouldn’t be that much of a surprise that some changes will have to be made to your business plan. I’ve always found it useful to revisit my business plan once a year to make any changes. With a move like this I found that having my business plan close by was a valuable tool in researching my new place of business.
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About Angie Rodesky
Angela Rodesky began her love of genealogy as a hobby over 13 years ago, during one of her husband’s deployments while they were stationed in Germany. That hobby then grew into a profession upon their return to the U. S. and blossomed into ARodesky Genealogy. She has twenty-two years, traveling abroad as a military spouse; both stateside and overseas, offering communication, management experience, speaking, and group presentations, marketing skills, and two years of community relations/marketing at a Kansas hospital. She currently does genealogy research, document retrieval, documentation research and analysis, family and lineage research full time, along with group presentations, public speaking and freelance writing. Please feel free to visit her website at arodeskygenealogy.com, her blog page at sweetteatartlemonsandmemories.blogspot.com and she can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.